Baby burned to death as Jewish extremists attack Palestinian home in West Bank

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Graffiti reading in Hebrew ‘revenge’ seen on the wall of the fire damaged house in the West Bank village of Douma near Nablus City, 31 July 2015 (EPA Photo)

A Palestinian toddler was killed at dawn on Friday after suffering severe burns following an attack by Jewish extremists on a village near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a medical source told Anadolu Agency.

“Ali Saeed Dawabsheh, 1, was burned to death after Jewish settlers attacked a house in Duma village in the West Bank’s southern city of Nablus,” Abed Al-Rahim Susia, director of the Rafedia Hospital Center in Nablus, told Anadolu Agency. “Three other family members [the child’s parents and his brother] arrived at the hospital suffering from second and third degree burns.”

Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of the settlements file, said the attack was carried out by Jewish settlers belonging to a militant group called “Price Tag.”

“The settlers attacked two houses in the village with Molotov cocktails and wrote racist slogans in Hebrew before fleeing from the scene,” Daghlas told Anadolu Agency.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was shocked. “This is a terrorist attack. Israel takes firm action against terrorism, no matter who its perpetrators are,” he said in a statement, adding that “all means” would be used to bring the assailants to justice.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said an investigation was underway and called the attack “nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism.”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian presidency held the Israeli government responsible for the attack.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was responsible. “Such a crime would not have occurred if the Israeli government did not insist on pursuing settlements and protecting settlers,” Nabil Abu Rdainah said in a statement on the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, the Palestinians have limited self rule, but nearly 60 percent of the territory remains under full control of the Israeli military.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international law. Despite international community’s pressure on Israel against the illegal settlements, Israeli PM Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups.

“After consultations in the prime minister’s office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorised,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said, adding that planning for another 504 homes in annexed East Jerusalem had also been approved.

Meanwhile, Israel reportedly approved 1,065 housing units last week on the occupied territories, according to the Israeli settlement watchdog group Peace Now.

Furthermore, in July 2014, Israel launched an offensive military attack against the Gaza Strip, which killed, according to official United Nations figures, 2,104 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, of whom 495 were children and 253 women.

During the Israeli war on Gaza 69 Israelis, including four civilians, were also killed. Israeli Defense Forces launched the “Operation Protective Edge” on July 8, 2014 and the war continued for 50 days, during which 108,000 people had their homes destroyed or severely damaged as a result of thousands of artillery and tank shells fired into mostly residential areas of Gaza.

In addition, public buildings such as schools and hospitals were also among the places attacked by Israeli airstrikes.

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Those Who Disbelieve

And as for those who disbelieve, there will be for them the fire of Hell: they will neither be done away with, through death, so that they may die, and find rest, nor will any [aspect] of its chastisement be lightened for them, [not even for] a single moment. In this way, in the way that We requite these, We requite every ingrate, [every] disbeliever (read yujzā kullu kafūrin, ‘every ingrate is [so] requited’; or najzī kulla kafūrin, ‘[so] We requite every ingrate’).

While therein they will be crying out, calling for help in distress, howling and saying: ‘Our Lord! Bring us forth, from it, and we will act righteously, other than how we used to act’. But it will be said to them: ‘Did We not give you long life, enough, time, in which to take heed, for him who would take heed? And [moreover] the warner, the Messenger, came to you, but you did not respond to his call, so taste now [this chastisement]! For the evildoers, the disbelievers, have no helper’, to ward off from them the chastisement.
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Qur’an Surah 35: Al-Fatir Verse 35 36

anti-terror laws being applied selectively against Muslims but not on non-Muslims

Members of the Muslim community have raised concerns about anti-terror laws being applied selectively against Muslims (including those who only provided humanitarian aid) returning from war zones while non-Muslims who actively fought in the war zones have not been prosecuted under the same laws.

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 This is Adam Brookman. You make recognize him from all the lies and propaganda the media is spreading in their quest to magnify and advance their islamophobic bogus laws on terrorism which is a round about way of targeting Islam and Muslims worldwide. Contrary to what you may have heard Adam is not a terrorist he is a nurse and humanitarian aid worker who selflessly left the comfort of his home and safety of Australia to help the Syrian people who are dying and in need of urgent medical aid in Syria. This man is not a terrorist if anything he is a hero and should be supported not condemned. How do I know all of this? I’ve known Adam for ten years and been best friends with his wife and know the type of man he is. He loves his wife and children and could not hurt a fly. I’m sure Adam felt that he was doing the best thing at the time and who can blame him when we see hundreds of thousands of Syrian people dying every day. Who wouldn’t want to put their medical training to use for a good cause rather than spending time day in day out in Australia treating junkies overdosing spewing up and pissing all over everything and violent alcoholics coming in to the E.R. If you can’t sympathize with the plight of the Syrian people the way he did then I question the colour of your heart. It takes great courage to do what he did and is innocent of the charges the afp have accused him of, even if they find a way to fabricate a story and ‘evidence’ against him. Before he went overseas Adam and his wife were and still are upstanding members of the Islamic and wider Australian community working tirelessly towards helping the needy. Don’t be fooled people Adam is just a tool used by the elite in their war on Islam. He is a fellow Australian and he is our brother in Islam and deserves our full support. Inshallah his innocents will be proved and he will be reunited with his family soon. Feel free to share this post.

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We expose the dirty secrets behind Australia’s fresh food industry and the widespread exploitation of foreign workers.

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We expose the dirty secrets behind Australia’s fresh food industry and the widespread exploitation of foreign workers.

Seven days a week, 18 hours a day, young Taiwanese worker Kevin labours at a relentless pace, processing chickens at an Australian factory. He’s not alone.

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers toil in food factories and farms.

Some of these enterprises boast billion dollar revenues. But the profits aren’t being felt by the workers. Instead, food is picked and packed by exploited labour.

Sometimes using false documents, Asian workers are grossly underpaid, forced to work punishing hours, and face abuse, harassment and assault.

101 East exposes the dirty secrets behind Australia’s fresh food produce.

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SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM QUR’AN MANUSCRIPT

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wikipedia: Birmingham Quran manuscript

Fragments of a 1,370-year-old Qur’an manuscript have been discovered by researchers at the University of Birmingham
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This Qur’an manuscript was written between AD 568 and 645. (Cadbury Research Library)

Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645.
This places the Qur’an manuscript among the oldest in the world.
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Here are some things you should know about this manuscript…

1) This manuscript dates from the time of the first three Caliphs – close to the period of the Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him], who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632.

David Thomas, professor of Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham, says the manuscript could have been written less than two decades after Muhammad’s death.

This, says Thomas, means “the manuscript must have been in a form that is very close to the form of the Qur’an read today, supporting the view that the text has undergone little or no alteration and that it can be dated to a point very close to the time it was believed to be revealed.”

2) This Qur’an manuscript is among the earliest written textual evidence of the Islamic holy book known to survive. This gives it global significance to Muslim heritage and the study of Islam.

3) Consisting of two parchment leaves, the Qur’an manuscript is believed to contain parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20, written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi.

For many years, the manuscript had been misbound with leaves of a similar Qur’an manuscript, which is datable to the late seventh century.

Susan Worrall, director of special collections at the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham, said: “By separating the two leaves and analysing the parchment, we have brought to light an amazing find within the Mingana Collection.”

4) The manuscript is written in what Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, lead curator for Persian and Turkish Manuscripts at the British Library, calls “a beautiful and surprisingly legible Hijazi hand”.

5) This manuscript indicates that the Uthmanic redaction may have taken place earlier than had been thought.

Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley explained: “According to the classic accounts, it was under the third Caliph, Uthman ibn Affan, that the Qur’anic text was compiled and edited in the order of Suras familiar today, chiefly on the basis of the text as compiled by Zayd ibn Thabit under the first Caliph, Abu Bakr.

Copies of the definitive edition were then distributed to the main cities under Muslim rule.

“The Muslim community was not wealthy enough to stockpile animal skins for decades, and to produce a complete Mushaf, or copy, of the Holy Qur’an required a great many of them.

The carbon dating evidence, then, indicates that Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library is home to some precious survivors that – in view of the Suras included – would once have been at the centre of a Mushaf from that period.

“And it seems to leave open the possibility that the Uthmanic redaction took place earlier than had been thought – or even, conceivably, that these folios predate that process.”

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